The Eve of St Eligius 2019: The First Eldritch Collection 1

The Eve of St Eligius 2019: The First Eldritch Collection 1 : A New Edition

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The stories in The Eve of St Eligius - 22 of them in 76,000 words - may be described in a shorthand way as 'dark' but this belies their variety in terms of darkness, location, time setting, length and other ways. For example, the opener entitled Guardian, a story of an encounter a few months after WWII, could only be described as dark, but Yellow Eyes, the fourth story, although donning the traditional clothing of many stories of the supernatural, wears it in an optimistic way. Some of the other stories do a similar thing.
The First and Last Letter, based on actual events in the Smalls Lighthouse off the Pembrokeshire coast at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, is told in just a few pages, though that didn't prevent it from forming the key part of an opera libretto. This opera, For Those in Peril, was produced in Illinois in 2018. In contrast, three of the stories are of novella length. You may think this is appropriate in at least the instance of Contract of One Thousand, where the protagonist has a lifespan of 239 years.
There are no Dracula castles here but you will find some unusual centrepieces for the stories: an ashtray in Memento, a modern car in Safety First, a decommissioned GPO telephone box in Waxlow and Lilac, and so on.
If you're looking for something different, this is the place to look.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 293 pages
  • 137 x 203mm
  • United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 1916119875
  • 9781916119871

Table of contents

Guardian 11
Ellyllon 21
The First and Last Letter 33
Yellow Eyes 37
Memento 45
Before the Kettle Boils 53
Clairvoyant 79
Proof Positive 89
The Eve of St Eligius 103
Waxlow and Lilac 115
Pumlumon 147
Carnival Street 153
The Contract of One Thousand 161
Myfanwy 207
Causeway of the Legion 217
Dream Honeymoon 225
Reconstruction 233
Sleep-Vampire 241
Not Quite Paradise 249
Mercenary 255
Soldat 265
The Crystal Spirit 283
Eldritch 291
Extracts from Reviews 293
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Review quote

Extracts from Reviews;of the first edition of The Eve of St Eligius;...They say that electricity in our houses destroyed the ghost story which belonged to an age of guttering candles and gas light. This collection confirms this as a platitude and, more importantly, as a falsehood. The ghost story - if that is what these are - is alive and kicking, decidedly kicking...;Phil Carradice, historian and author of over 50 books.]...Although the stories are described as 'dark'-and many are-not every one ends badly for the protagonist. Take 'Before the Kettle Boils', for example: I found this to be a nostalgic look at the differences between big city and rural living, an uplifting tale despite the appearance of a ghost...;Sam Kates, author of Earth Haven and Elevator trilogies.;...His knowledge of so many obscure historical facts, particularly those pertaining to Wales, its culture and geography was very impressive. But most enjoyable for me was the story telling talent that kept me turning the pages... James W;...Perhaps the sheer range of the stories is the most impressive feature. My favourite is 'Before the Kettle Boils'. A 300-year old legend may be important to the storyline but in every respect the action and characters are right up-to-date... JE;...Tom East's collection of stories is far from simply frightening its readers. The author's skill in building a credible plot around an incredible event goes deeper, giving the readers the intellectual satisfaction provided by a well-balanced narrative, the care for detail, the variety of stylistic devices, and the round, dynamic protagonists involved in suspenseful situations that are often open-ended, inviting the readers to fill in the blanks... Petru Iamandi, translator of over 100 books
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About Tom East

The latest publication by Tom East is the SF/Conspiracy novel THE LOWELL LETTERS.

The CANALS OF MARS were observed in the late Nineteenth Century by the astronomer PERCIVAL LOWELL. His discovery was hushed up. Why should this be of deadly importance to us at the present time?

Twelve books are currently available in paperback from TOM EAST or as Ebooks. Apart from the latest, these include the controversial novel THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO St JUDAS and the unsparing non-fiction of LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE, about recovery from two brain haemorrhages,

Earlier Tom was the writer of many works of fiction, commercial features, essays, reviews, 'other prose' and poetry. He was also the author of six (print) books.

He was born in London, although of Welsh family and has lived in Wales for many years.

Still available as paperback and ebook:
THE EVE OF ST ELIGIUS
THE GREENLAND PARTY
TOMMY'S WAR: July 1914
SCENES FROM SEASONS
THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT VERSE BRIGADE
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST JUDAS
LYRICS, POLEMICS AND POETICS
WISH MAN'S WOOD
A FIFTIES' CHILDHOOD
LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE
WHY WRITE HAIKU?
THE LOWELL LETTERS
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